A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed an extremely pleasant lunch on board Silversea’s ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit, when it arrived in the UK at the end of a world cruise which had begun in Los Angeles in January.
Newest and largest vessel in Silversea’s six-strong fleet, Spirit carries a maximum of 540 passengers in sumptuous suites, with some of the finest restaurants afloat including the Relais and Chateau Champagne, and the Asian fusion Seishin. Guests can cook their own steaks on hot rocks at the pool bar, and there’s the tantalising Italian La Terrazza trattoria.
When they are not eating, passengers can relax in an 8,300-square foot spa.
I just hope those who were boarding in Southampton at the same time I was looking around the ship were sitting comfortably two days later for this roller-coaster departure from the Spanish port of La Coruna, where Atlantic gales had whipped up a sizeable swell.
The bumpy ride was captured for YouTube by local ship enthusiast Jose Montero, a retired merchant navy radio officer.